Plant Newbie Researching Office Plants

As I mentioned yesterday I am doing research at the moment on indoor plants for our office. It was one of the first things I remember my new boss expressing an interest in. One of his favorite new job experiences was receiving a desk plant upon onboarding. As we will likely be adding a new team member shortly, it is crunch time to getting our office looking professionally nice.

Our office is relatively small so we have to use our space fairly efficiently. As most of our seasoned  team members utilize most of their immediate desk space, I did not think it would be a good idea to force new plant buddies on them. The first natural steps in my rationale was to order new shelving as a space to place books, decorative pieces, personal items, and plants.

With some searching this week, I finally found something seemingly perfect.

My favorite thing about this particular shelving structure is that it is versatile. It can sit flush against the wall as it is in the picture, or it can be used to create the illusion of a partition in an open plan office space. We ordered two on Amazon, and I cannot wait for them to arrive. We haven’t decided 100% where we would like to place them, but I’m thinking they will likely move in a couple of months anyway as we relayout the office for reasons.

To circle this blog post back to the topic of plants, we will soon have a space for them. There are a few plant delivery services I have discovered online, including Bloomscape and Desk Plants. Hell, you can even buy plants on Amazon now apparently. But they are fairly costly for what you can purchase in person for much cheaper. Plus, you never know what quality they may come in. What we’ve decided is that I will go in-person to a local nursery and pick out a few things that I think will work.

My plan is to go…with a plan! I did not want to make a trip to a nursery and be overwhelmed with the choices or regret any purchases, so I’ve been looking into specific plant species and thinking about maintenance, upkeep, and style. And I’m glad I did. I have free reign with the plant purchases, but I am slowly realizing how significant my choices will be. There are a lot of visually stunning plants, but not everything would look good together necessarily. That’s without even considering pot styles!

So I’ve been thinking about what plants we would want to be our larger, statement plants for each room. I love plants with sprawling vines, but I also live for bonsai trees and jade plants. Would these all look good together? Maybe, maybe not. I am also trying to think about what smaller plants we would squeeze into our current spaces, what plants might be good to gift new employees, what plants might look nice in our kitchen or lobby.

I’m loving the idea of terrariums and other plant accessories like rocks and moss and zen sand gardens. I also like plant pot stands that can sit in corners. There’s so many options!

So over the next couple of weeks I will be developing an office plant plan. I want to identify plants that would look nice together in a single room, plants that could dominate a corner, and plants that inspire and can bring us together an office. As this plan comes into fruition, you can count on me sharing it here!

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